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Two back-to-back parties?  I don’t know what got into me but I ambitiously hosted 2 back-to-back parties at home during the new year.  On New Year’s Eve, I had another family over for a dinner party to ring in the new year.  And then just hours later, 4 toddlers and their lovely moms came over to help celebrate new years day!

I figured since I had all this new years decor up, why not use it again?  So last minute, I invited Juliet’s best girlfriends over for a toddler tea party.  I love how everyone came dressed to impress – including the moms! moms

Here’s an overview of the decor, mostly bought at Target (from the Oh Joy collection).

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What’s a tea party without tiaras for all the toddlers?  Amazingly, they were terrific at keeping them on!  They must have enjoyed the princess treatment.

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It was a B.Y.O.B (booster seat) party because I wanted everyone to sit at our new dining table but half our guests forgot theirs and so since everyone was fine sitting on the big girl chairs, we dined without.  Looking back on these pictures now, I have to say they almost look cuter sitting so low plus I think that the booster seats would have been a distraction from the clean, simple decor I was going for.IMG_0530

Read all about the decor elements on my prior post (my new years eve dinner party).

Menu included:

  • tea sandwiches for the toddlers (PB&J, nutella, ham &swiss with lettuce and honey mustard) cut into .5″x.5″ squares
  • tea sandwiches for the moms (ham & swiss with lettuce and honey mustard, tuna fish salad, chicken avocodo with eggplant spread) Yes I made all 6 types of sandwiches..NY women sometimes DO cook 🙂
  • chicken pasta (leftover from the night before)
  • 3 kinds of scones (chocolate chip, cranberry, blueberry)
  • mini-cupcakes by Baked by Melissa
  • Macarons to match the color theme
  • mini-sized baby apples
  • mango and blueberry fruit salad
  • teas and coffees for moms
  • rasberry, banana, watermelon smoothies for the toddlers served in toy teacups (since the kids can’t drink tea yet)

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Here’s a video that one of the moms took of us all in action. (Sorry I don’t know how to flip it around here..)

It was such a joy to watch my baby experience her first tea party with her besties.  Are they adorable or what??

To see close-ups of all the decor, visit and follow my Instagram account @FabGabBlog! And for more tea party or any toddler party inspiration visit my Pinterest page! Thanks for reading.  Have a great day!

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When I saw the Oh Joy for Target Decor, I felt compelled to party plan right then and there.  I loved the unique color mix!  The colors are unisex enough to be versatile for all sorts of occasions and the splashes of gold give it an air of sophistication!

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I could see myself using this for my birthday party (see below), new year’s, and a future summer garden party.  SAMSUNG CSCThis new year’s period, it didn’t matter if I was getting over a cold.  I was determined to make this year’s new year’s eve occasion less lame than last year’s.  So I ambitiously planned my first-ever dinner party at our new apartment and was determined to cook most everything.  Looking forward to entertaining at home actually helped me to stay in great spirits despite dealing with my never-ending cold.  And it gave me something to look forward to.

I cut up the coordinating napkins to create the 2015 numbers on the backdrop wall below and attached some gold party blowers to the center lantern as well as adding a patterned border to my countertop just to bring the color forward even more (again with cut napkins).

new years eve dinner partyThe menu included Asian:

  • Salmon and rice
  • fried dumplings
  • Chicken noodle salad
  • sushi
  • edamame
  • Baked By Melissa chocolate covered mini-cupcakes
  • French Macarons by Financier
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate chip cookies (baked by me)
  • champagne, prosecco, and watermelon infused water with lime

Needless to say there was plenty of food leftover.  Or maybe I should take it as a hint and just cater in next time 🙂

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Our littlest of party-goers enjoyed staying out past their bedtime and modeling their new Oh Joy for Target hats.

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Baby Vienna couldn’t resist getting a closer look at Juliet’s shoes.  Here’s the whole outfit. I kind of obsessed with those sneakers too!

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It was so nice spending some quality (shared) family time together in the comfort of our home.  With two babies in tow, it really made the most sense.  And as Juliet says in this video, it made for a very happy new year!

Can you believe I hosted a toddler tea party the very next day?  Click here for some more cuteness!

 

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I’m so grateful to have found moms to hang out with, share parenting stories with and just help pass the time. As any new mom can attest to, finding one that you genuinely like, and has kids that are similar in age that play well together AND that lives close by feels like finding a unicorn riding a bike. It’s easier finding your soul mate on match.com (see prior post here).

I like to be social so while being a stay at home mom, I stay active and in touch partly by planning play dates for my little one.  My most recent one was planned with one day in advance and themed around the new Play Doh set that my daughter just received. So I was psyched to have 4 moms and their toddlers over and happy to get creative with my dollar store gift wrap which matched perfectly with the Play Doh colors and toys.

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Plus the floral pattern and colors were just so fun and summer-y that I knew I wouldn’t mind having them up for a while.  My place is very neutral otherwise and this just adds a burst of color.  Using gift wrap for your dessert table backdrops and/or blank walls is such a fun, cheap way to change things up!  See my instagram account for pictures on this area decorated for fourth of July!

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Thanks to my hoarding ways when it comes to my party decor, I was able to re-use the Oh Joy for Target pieces that I first used during my new year’s party and toddler tea party. See hubby, I DO end up using all this stuff!

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And I had enough gift wrap and an extra Oh Joy for Target banner to cover the cake stands and even J’s playhouse door!

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It was so nice to catch up with the AC on, and have the kids play together without worry that they’d fall off some playground ledge or hurt themselves tumbling down some slide.   And luckily J was gracious with sharing her toys.

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100 days old

Koreans mark the 100th day, 1st birthday and the 60th as momentous occasions similar to how we Americans might celebrate a sweet 16 or bar mitzvah.  Above are some shots from when Juliet was just 100 days old.  Both of us are in our hanboks (Korean traditional dresses).  And it seems like just yesterday when we took these shots and she could barely sit on her own.  Yet here we are months afterwards, celebrating her first year.  Click here and here for the details on her birthday party’s decor and all the DIY details.  This Fab Fete post will focus more on the traditional Korean ceremony, the doljabi.

Both hanboks that you see featured on little Juliet were rented from Little Seouls Party for $45 (half the price of buying one and then never wearing it again).   They are the only English online store that rents Hanboks -believe me I searched around!  And thankfully, they were great to work with, answering all my questions and guaranteeing my shipment by the requested date.

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“It’s my birthday and I can cry if I want.”  Teething sucks.

Luis Enrique Rivera Cuyar Luis Enrique Rivera Cuyar Every Korean first birthday features dol towers like these.  Traditional ones are made with black and cream colored beans but that didn’t match my decor so I took the liberty of making mine with pink and green candy (along with paper towel rolls, and a glue gun).  Gettin’ crafty here!  Before you know it, I’ll be scrapbooking and weaving baskets!  Also, I chose not to follow the usual tradition of placing these at the head table, or in my case, the dessert table and instead sat them next to the children’s art easel area so that section would tie into the rest of the party decor.

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That’s the easel and drawing station in the background there with the grandparents and Juliet in the foreground.  For more on the fun fact signs that you see besides the art station, see my earlier post.

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Onto the main Korean cultural ceremony, the doljabi.  This is where the child is presented several items, all of which represent something for his/her future. Whatever the child picks up first is supposed to predict the future.  Traditional  items include rice which symbolizes an abundant life, yarn or string which symbolizes a long life, a book or pencil which symbolizes academic success, cash which represents wealth, and some sort of doctor and lawyer professional items.  I chose to modernize my doljabi by adding in career symbols that matched our careers (something in fashion and something in finance).  And for a fun touch, I played ‘gangnam style’ music in the background and had Psy as one of the items to choose from.  All other party background music had ‘baby’ in the lyrics.  ‘Rice Rice Baby’, a mock of ‘Ice Ice Baby’ was a perfect fit for this occasion.

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Guests fill in the raffle card with their name and place it by the item they think she’ll choose.  Juliet crawled over and with eyes glued to Psy, then freaked out when she heard everyone cheering for her and started melting down under pressure.  But on the 2nd try, she chose the crystal calculator symbolizing a career in finance (like daddy)!

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The cash was her 2nd choice.

Here are my roundup tips on how to make a first birthday affordable.  I did this all on a strict budget and you can too!

  1. Cut staffing.  Look around you and find talented friends and family to help you wherever you can.  For us, instead of hiring an event planner, I did my own doljabi research, found all the necesary items and prepared all the party decor myself.  Others may want to make their own food, have relatives bake, or have a talented friend take the photos/video.
  2. Skip the florals.  They’re a luxury at a first birthday party and totally unnecessary.
  3. Shop sales ahead of time.  You know the birth date  so plan ahead.  I covered that pool table in the middle of the room with a pink remnant cloth that I bought at an after-Christmas sale.  Anything from platters to birthday dresses can be found deeply discounted around holiday shopping periods.
  4. Re-purpose stuff around the house.  I took my husband’s extra tv stand box, covered it in patterned paper and used it as a riser for my dessert table.  A bed sheet and curtain set became my dessert bar backdrop.
  5. Shop the dollar store.  You can find everything from kid’s favors, to simple snacks and munchies, to art activity sets there.  I bought all my tissue paper (which I turned into fringe), plastic tablecloths,yarn and money for the doljabi and other small items there.
  6. Check out wholesalers online.  My balloons and candy were bought through an online wholesaler for example.

Finally, since every event has its mishaps, here’s my list of what went wrong:

  1. Someone accidentally tipped over an entire platter of kim bop, (the Korean sushi that I had at the snack bar). Luckily I was clueless to this fact until post-party when I disassembled the snack table only to find a mountain of uneaten kimbop on the floor, underneath the tablecloth.  What a waste! I’m just glad I didn’t see it happen .  Ignorance is bliss.
  2. The cake colors were off and it came out not like I wanted (topsy turvy is what I asked for) but I think this only bothered me.
  3. People had issues finding parking and therefore showed up late.  So even though I had purposely planned it for the only day of the week where NYC had free street parking, and reminded guests with an email asking them to allot extra time to find parking, some guests had a hard time and I felt bad about this.
  4. With all that was going on setting up 4 different areas, I forgot to lay out the champagne and water bottles til half the party was over!
  5. The 100 balloons which I had planned to be blown up and scattered all over the floor so kids could kick their way through a balloon lounge never got blown up.  This is thanks to me hiring my hubby as my event assistant.  Event planning newbies always under-estimate the time it takes to finish event planning tasks.
  6. Cake is not as irresistible as I had thought.  I ordered 1 slice for each person and could have fed my entire apartment complex because of it.  We had way too much cake.  For my (strange) guests, I learned I need only order for only 1/3 to 1/5 the amount of people who RSVP.  I was left hawking cake to the doormen, guests and anyone who looked hungry.

Here’s a shot of Juliet post-party enjoying her 2nd cake smash.  We added parts of her presents (the princesses) to the cake and used them as cake toppers.

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Happy Birthday Juliet!

Read on to see all the details of the rest of her party!

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One of the most anticipated shows of New York Fashion Week is Betsey Johnson’s show.  For those of you who weren’t there, here is the invite and program book.

It might just be me but I enjoy all these little details – must be the event planner in me.  Here is the inside to the program book which has a cute way of listing out the models, credits and sponsors.

Her press release described how this collection blended “modern elements with her signature vintage style and aesthetic.”  The Betsey team cites Brigit Bardot and 1940s burlesque dancers as the inspirations.  Take a look at this video highlight clip and you’ll see peekaboo lingerie, corseting, flirty and sometimes borderline slutty outfits paired with Bardot hair waves.  What do you think?

Personally, Betsey’s outfits are too over-the-top-girly even for me and these runway styles somewhat reminded me of what Pretty Woman might wear in 2012… not exactly what I want to be emulating.  But you’ve got to love Betsey’s shows even if just for the anticipation of her unique model finales and signature cartwheel.  Plus you can’t beat the energy and fun factor of a Betsey show which is always why it is one of the highlights of my fashion weeks.

What caused the most stir this year at Betsey’s show was the appearance of a blue wigged, Nicki Minaj.  In fact from what I hear, the whole show started late because of Nicki’s late appearance.  Sort of a black Lady Gaga, Nicki garners attention with her outlandish outfits.  I immediately felt sorry for the poor fashionista who would have to sit behind that giant mess of a hairdo because surely that is all she would get to see!

I never thought Nicki would be the type of celebrity that PR agencies would wrangle and secure for a front row fashion show seat – she isn’t exactly what I’d call the most fashionable.  Buzz-worthy yes but mostly for all the wrong reasons.  I gasped when I heard and saw that Nicki sat next to fashion icon, Anna Wintour during the Carolina Herrera show this year – what an odd sight that was!  Sort of fashion sacrilege in my book, if you ask me!

I imagine Anna must’ve been cringing underneath those dark shades.  With all the technicolors that Nicki was wearing beside her, it is no wonder she kept the shades on!  What a contradiction in style those two make!

To win the Betsey Johnson goody bag that I picked up at the fashion show, comment here and (any) 2 other entries (and leave your email so I can notify you if you win) !

And come back for further NY fashion week updates and another goody bag giveaway!

 

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Where did summer go?  As summer’s last hurrah, I organized a last minute, mommy and me meetup and decided to theme it around a teddy bear tea time.  Each child was asked to bring in a favorite teddy bear and join us at our place for a posh play date filled with tea sets, bears and bubbles!  Thanks to Gazillion Bubbles, we were able to wow our guests with the most fun bubble makers the kids had ever seen.

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We started the play date outdoors by setting up a picnic area for Juliet, her friends and their teddy bears.  A play tea set and felted desserts took center stage while the little ones playfuly challenged one another to blow bigger and bigger bubbles.

This was possible thanks to the incredibubble wands, giant palm jugglers, giant bubble mill and giant power wand supplied to us by Funrise and Gazillion Bubbles.  They made bubble making (and bursting) a breeze even for these 4 year olds!  Even us jaded moms (and teddy bears) were seriously impressed.

After all that excitement, we went in for a little snack and toddler tea time with our teddies.

Snacks consisted of cranBEARy trail mix (with teddy grahams, pretzels, popcorn and rice cakes), mixed BEARies, mini cupcakes that Juliet made topped with Teddy graham cracker heads, and Nabisco teddy bear treats along with a selection of hot or cold teas and water.

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The moms enjoyed our own version of bubbly.  And each of our champagne glasses were filled with a special treat.

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Decor consisted of recycled, re-purposed Oh Joy for Target decor, wrapping paper and Target dollar bin fans that I featured at my ice cream socials this past summer and other parties.

For the activity, Juliet led storytime by singing “Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See.”

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I was so proud of my little hostess with the mostest!

Not only did she do a perfect job reciting the book from memory (1 of 5 books she has memorized word for word), but she was an absolute sweetheart sharing all her toys, helping get drinks and prepping for the party.

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Other unBEARably cute party details included the teddy bear face masks that I created by cutting a free printable I found online and then adding a chopstick and washi tape to the back.

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They doubled as party decor (each was placed at their table setting) and was also used as a photo prop.

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Teddy bears sat nearby to hang out and get fed and bear paw prints lined our front entrance and hallway floors leading everyone towards the PAWty.

I can’t believe summer vacation is already coming to a close. These buddies begin school next Thursday and have collected many fun memories to begin the school year with.  I hope you also enjoyed your summer vacation!

Tell me what you liked most about this bubbly teddy bear tea!

 

Special thanks to our product sponsor, Gazillion Bubbles and RenBeaniePR for helping us to celebrate the last bit of summer in such a memorable way!  To see these bubbles live in action see my IG story today or click here for a full demo.

 

 

 

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To help create special moments for my family, I enjoy celebrating each holiday and marking the passage of time with mini celebrations.  I host themed play dates for Juliet, play dress up, produce photo shoots in holiday colors, bake themed desserts with my little one and have fun re-decorating the dining area with her.  Here’s my 2016 year in review showing how just one small area of a NYC apartment came to life each season.

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For all the details from this adorable, “Wild For You” themed Valentine’s PJs and Pancakes play date, click here!

The girls played with their furry stuffed animals, sprinkled toppings on heart-shaped pancakes and brunched like little ladies while wearing their matching animal PJs.  It was so much fun that I hosted another Wild For You play date during Valentine’s with a slightly different setup.   For this posh play date we decorated heart-shaped Valentine cookies and wore heart printed sweatsuits. Click through for all the details and tips on how to create your own!

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For her birthday at the end of February, I turned our dining area into a Mickey Minnie black and white themed space since our Disney kid was clubhouse crazy!

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Click here for all the budget-friendly details!  The next month, I hosted a princess themed play date featuring a Beauty and the Beast screening, ballroom dancing, and mommy and me manicures.  With free printables, I transformed the buffet area to a blue and pink sparkle and sweet station.  Click here for more!

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I’ve never been one to celebrate the fourth of July with such enthusiasm until recently.  Decorating my home in red white and blue has become a tradition ever since having a little one.  I want to celebrate every holiday with her in a fun, stylish and meaningful way.  Besides being festive, holiday decor is a talking point from which teachable moments can spring forth.  My little one learned about the American flag, identified stars and stripes, and practiced color memory with these visual aids as a baby.  Nowadays she likes and insists on getting involved with the decorating!

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During my birthday month (Sept.) I used some remaining party decor to make the place feel festive.  Hubby agreed to cook me his first dinner ever as part of my present.  What better entertainment on my birthday than to watch him try and figure his way around the kitchen I thought?  Juliet and I set the table with all our Oh Joy for Target items leftover from last year while daddy fumbled through the Hello Fresh kit with all the dinner ingredients.  Below was the end result!

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I opted out of hosting a Halloween bash this year and instead hosted some close friends over for a crafty trick or treat pre-party.  Here’s our dining area transformed once again with a damask shower curtain and homemade banners on the wall.

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And for a simple and comparatively minimalistic Thanksgiving scene, I cleared out the dramatic Halloween decor and re-purposed items around the house for a totally different look.  Using fall favorites such as white pumpkins and apples, I created an elegant scene with pure white with silver accents.

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Then I held a posh play date sponsored by 7 or 8 brands under the theme, “sprinkle some fun” which you can see here and got to re-use the backdrop from Juliet’s bunny birthday party as well as the princess party.

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These are some of my favorite looks using whatever I had around the house, gift wrap, shower curatains, re-purposed party decor.  I hope this inspires you to change it up every once in a while and give your home a fun festive look for your favorite holidays in 2017!

Happy new year!

 

 

 

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Lame.  That’s how this NYE party girl turned parent would describe my first new year’s eve with my child. Don’t fret if yours wasn’t spectactular this year.  Realize there’s too much unnecessary pressure on having an amazing night and also know that celebrating in style with kids can happen -maybe just next year.

Having just experienced my 3rd NYE as a parent, I’ve since learned how to best celebrate with kids and ensure that it never sucks again.  If you’re an overwhelmed new parent wondering how to elevate your new years with kids into a stylish soiree that is both memorable and fun, read on for my top 10 tips:

  1. DRESS UP and GET GIRLY.  Remember how during your single days, half the fun of new year’s eve was about getting to wear the new outfit, and getting dolled up?  Continue the tradition!  matching mommy and me outfitsAs you can see, for us that meant matching outfits and fun glittery mini-hats.  Maybe for you that might mean sparkle and shine or a dress divine!  (Clearly I’ve been reading too much Dr. Seuss lately).   Even if you’re doing a simple stay-at-home evening, consider dedicating some time during the day to do something extra to feel a little more glam – ’tis the season!  These days for instance, I never have time for a manicure but on NYE, I made sure to carve out time during the day for a mini-mani.  new years eve with toddlerEven 2.5 year olds really get into this!  Just doing this gave me reason enough to want to celebrate! For me, this involved some pre-planning.  I made sure to get all household chores out of the way with a thorough cleaning the day before so that I could free up time and not spend the day cleaning the toilets like I did my first NYE with baby.
  2. RECORD THE OCCASION! Kids grow fast and you’ll want to remember how small they were come next new year’s eve.  If you’re a momarazzi like me you won’t need the reminder to take photo and video.  But remember to also think DIY Photobooth! Free NYE themed props are downloadable here, or just buy a couple cheap hats at Party City like we did.  If you really want to be festive though create a fun photo backdrop (even leftover wrapping paper or Christmas tinsel will do!) and try video pocketbooth’s app. Or if you don’t want to go through the extra trouble, just grab your camera phone and find a simple background to snap some pics for your social media like we did and concentrate your efforts on the other items on this list. (A busy parent can only handle so much, I KNOW!)new years eve with a toddler
  3. DECK THE HALLS. Every occasion deserves a little festive decor.  Last year, I created 2015 out of paper napkins and made an entire dessert bar backdrop and display to match.
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    If you’re not hosting others though you might just want to opt for a simple banner like this one from last year where I videotaped my toddler wishing everyone a ‘happy new year” and then proudly sent it off to her grandparents. And aunts. And uncles.  And anyone who would listen to my toddler speak so well haha.
    oh joy for targetOr perhaps you’ll want to concentrate on festive table presentations like I did this year.
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  5. MAKE A MOCKTAIL.  Be your kids’ first bartender while teaching them all-important NYE traditions such as clinking glasses and saying ‘cheers!”  Sparkling cider or water are easy options but you can get as creative as you like.  This year we opted for the sparkling cranberry cider and a rose’ sparkling wine to match our red party theme and I added rasberries to our fancy champagne glasses.  Juliet loved joining in on the fun!  And so will your kids!new years eve with a toddler
  6. SPRINKLE!  Incorporate confetti into your New Years Eve lesson and use it as an excuse to slather everything in sprinkles!  Think fruits, ice cream, frosted desserts and even milk cups!sprinklesThis year, Juliet enjoyed decorating cookies with sprinkles and tomorrow morning she is continuing the funfetti tradition with toast spread with nutella and sprinkles of her choice!  My little baker LOVES getting her hands on these things so I make sure to have a whole variety of sprinkles for all our baking needs!
  7. ENJOY A SPECIAL MEAL.  Notice I didn’t say make a special meal.  Parents have a lot on their to do list and some of us might not have cooking as our specialty.  Don’t let that stop you from having one special occasion meal though!  If you love Chinese food, spend the day in Chinatown sampling the best of from various places.  Order in your entire family members’ favorite foods if you have too.   Overpriced NYE dinners are out of the question for most families like us in NYC.  (I mean c’mon, Olive Garden here charges $499 pp on NYE!)  So last year, I cooked a feast and invited another family with a toddler over for a chic little get together.  You could also consider a mini tea party like the one I hosted for toddlers on new years day heretea party for toddlersWhatever you do, make sure to have one out of the ordinary meal to mark the special occasion.
  8. DANCE!  Blast the music, dance like no one’s watching, copy the dancers you see on TV, copy each other. Twerk.  Play a game of freeze dance.  This is a fun, free activity that will lead to guaranteed laughter and really get the party started. (sorry no personal pictures to share here).
  9. MAKE NOISE.  Kids are natural noisemakers and this is the one day we can encourage them to get wild, bring out their instruments and blow party horns. You could even have a scavenger hunt with the family to see who can make the neatest noisemaker out of ordinary objects found throughout the house or craft your own.  Post birthday party, I once made a rattle shaker with leftover candy stuffed into a water bottle for instance.  Juliet got a kick out of that one.
  10. GET CRAFTY.  Even if you’re no Martha Stewart, anyone can handle adding 4 numbers onto a pair of glasses you already own.  Here are full instructions on how to make the more elaborate ones below.new years eve glasses (2016 glasses)
  11. YEAR-END REVIEW.  Wonder in awe at how the year flew by as you create a photo album or decorate a scrapbook together as a family.  As a family, choose your favorite photos from the year and print and frame them.  Or if you don’t have time for any of that, simply go through some of your photos and videos with your kids and spend some quality time taking a stroll down memory lane.  I love bringing back memories with Juliet who loves watching herself on video.  Her reactions and recollections are priceless.
  12. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS.  Staying thankful is always in style.  End the year on a positive note by being aware of all the good things in your life.  There are tons of ideas here on family projects that promote gratitude.

So there it is!  Are you feeling inspired to do it all again next year?  How are you resolving to make your next new year’s eve special and stylish for you and your kids?  Let me know if there are other things you would add to this list!  I want to hear from you.

 

 

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Hello Kitty brings smiles to everyone.  And Juliet happens to have been gifted a lot of Hello Kitty dolls, coloring books, stickers and play sets.  So when HP asked me to participate in their HP Social Media Snapshots Sampling program I jumped at the excuse to throw a Hello Kitty themed play date for Juliet and some of our closest girlfriends!  To really make the most of their latest HP Envy printer and new sticky back photo paper, I organized a styled photo shoot with my photographer friend Suzanne from Gotham Love (also mom of one of Juliet’s besties,  Harper (pictured on the right below).  Together, we were able to get some great shots and print outs to memorialize this fun time.

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I found all the soft, fuzzy Hello Kitty sweaters at H&M and had each momma style their child’s own look.  Aren’t they all just adorable?

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It was like Hello Kitty and Sanrio took over my living room and dining area!  Wouldn’t walking into this room make any girl giddy?

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SAMSUNG CSC I simply decorated with what we had:  tutus, banners and lanterns from the Target Oh Joy collection, Sanrio dolls and themed activities for the little girls.

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The glitter coloring book and polishes were a favorite for my daughter.

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And the Japanese treats and Hello Kitty themed desserts were a hit amongst all the sweet tooths.

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Question 1)  Name as many Sanrio characters / Hello Kitty friends that you can

Question 2) List all the ways you can say ‘hello’ in as many languages as you can

Question 3)List as many kinds of cats as you can

One point was given for each answer and there was a mad (almost futile) rush to brainstorm answers with tired mommy’s brain.  I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the thought that this might have been the most challenging mental excercise they’ve had all week haha

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Everyone also went home with a Hello Kitty treat bag a nerdy glasses necklace and print outs from the super fun Snapshots (found exclusively at Staples) “Small gift, big smile” after all is the Sanrio motto!

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These 4×5 inch photo sheets are like the modern-day Polaroid print out.   Print directly from your smartphone or tablet using photos from your camera or different social media sites and they’re ready to stick anywhere – in your scrapbook, on the wall, within a greeting card, within a locker, on a dorm room wall…the possibilities are endless.   The best part is that HP Social Media Snapshots won’t damage your walls and they’re reapplicable!

 myprintly social media snapshotsI’m definitely planning to incorporate these fun print outs to my future @fab_kids events and my daughter’s birthday next year!  It’s such a fun and easy way to create your own DIY photo booth!

Now through November 30th, HP Social Media Snapshots are Buy One Get One Free when you use the following link and click “redeem now.” bit.ly/snapshotsbogo

 

To see all the pictures from my other past special events, themed play dates and styled photo shoots check out the newly created photo share site! And like fab kids on Facebook and Instagram!

Finally, to see how easy it is to wirelessly print photos on an HP Envy 5660 printer like mine, see below.

Disclosure: This is a paid post. I received a HP Envy printer, ink, and Snapshots paper in exchange for writing this post and hosting this play date.   All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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